Gwen Tepania-Palmer

Board Chair

With a strong nursing and health background and an MBA degree, Gwen has a vast knowledge and experience in the health sector, especially at governance level. She is a Ministerial appointee to ADHB and represents Maori interests on DHB committees. She is also a Life Member of the National Council of Maori Nurses and is on the Lottery Northland Community Committee

Robert Gabel

Board Member

Rob (Ngāti Kahu, Te Rarawa, Te Paatu) is a chartered accountant and a long term resident and business owner in Kawakawa. He is a director and trustee of Toi Māori Aotearoa Group, a member of Te Mana Whakahaere o Te Wananga o Te Aoteraroa, a member of Te Taitokerau Maori Trust Board and Chair of Nga Waka o Taitokerau. In addition, his interest in developing and implementing strategies for the social and economic advancement of iwi, hapu and whānau has seem him on many other boards, committees and charitable trusts over many years.

Rowena Tana

Board Member

Elected to the Board in 2017, Rowena (Ngāti Manu, Ngāti Hine) is dedicated to working for our whānau. She has10 years of involvement with the Waitangi Tribunal claims process for Ngāti Hine and Te Paparahi o te Raki and continues to work for Te Runanga o Ngāti Hine. From a whānau strong in community service, Rowena believes in service to one’s people before service to one’s self and says “I see Ngāti Hine Health Trust as an organisation where I can contribute further to our people’s future, continuing on the work of our tupuna.”

Harris Shortland

Board Member

Born and raised in Pipiwai and Whangarei, Harris whakapapas to Te Orewai, Ngāti Hine on his father’s side. His working years were spent in the health sector as a qualifi ed general, psychiatric and psychopeadic nurse and then with the Department of Justice/Corrections. On his retirement in 2006 Harris was Senior Advisor Maori Cultural Perspectives for Dept Corrections in Wellington. He now lives with his wife Jean at Maungatapere, and has 6 children, 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Dr Te Tuhi Robust

Board Member

Te Tuhi (Ngapuhi Nui Tonu, Ngāti Porou) was reappointed to the Ngāti Hine Heath Trust Board in 2016. Currently an Associate Professor at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, Te Tuhi’s main area of interest is indigenous education. He also has an interest in Maori economic development through his experience on several marae & tribal trusts. He brings to Ngāti Hine Health Trust a broad range of kaupapa Maori-based governance, management and operational skills.

Keri Milne-Ihimaera

Board Member

Keri (Ngāi Tahu) runs consultancy business: Keri Mihi Consulting, where she provides perspective in the areas of education, leadership, people and strategy. She has an extensive background working with a range of groups, schools and individuals to challenge the status quo and look for exciting new opportunities for growth and development. Keri has worked in several leadership roles including General Manager at The MOKO Foundation and as one of the executive team at Te Wananga o Aotearoa as Executive Director – Student Services. Keri is passionate about teaching and education and taught in both South Auckland and Northland schools. She recently completed her Doctorate of Māori Development and Advancement. Keri is based in Manurewa.

Moe Milne ONZM

Board Member

Moe (Ngāti Hine) has an extensive background in mental health issues and working in Māori communities in her roles as a psychopaedic nurse and as a general and psychiatric nurse. She contributed to Te Hau Marire, the national Māori addiction strategy, and has developed several education programmes. Moe is the chair for Te Reo o Ngāti Hine and is a member of the Health Research Council. She chaired the Māori health research group that developed Te Ara Tika to improve research ethics with Māori. Moe is a member of the International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development and is often invited to be a public speaker both in New Zealand and overseas. Moe is also a member of the Māori committee of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Moe is based in Matawaia.

Sally Webb ONZM

Board Member

Sally is known for her ability to both nurture and challenge and has a strong vision for what is possible. As a professional coach, her passion is supporting individuals and organisations to develop their leadership skills, improve performance, change behaviour and achieve results. Sally has over 25 years of leadership experience in governance and management in health, education and voluntary organisations. She has held numerous Board Chairperson roles (including on DHBs), has been a CEO and government advisor. Sally is based in Kerikeri.